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Health, Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics, Society

Canada to fund fight against female genital mutilation

(public commenting is open at very bottom of page) The federal government is set to announce a major funding effort to combat the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) also known as female circumcision. The money- at least $3million-, will» 

International, Politics

Canada’s development aid in Africa driven by compassion and self-interest: minister

Canada’s re-engagement with Africa is driven as much by compassion and the great need for humanitarian assistance in the region as by self-interest, says International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. On her most recent trip to the region last week, Bibeau» 

Arts and Entertainment, Economy, Environment, International, Society

Protest planned for African Trophy Hunting trade show event

This weekend will see a gathering of African outfitters, guides and various other related exhibitors at a hotel in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Screen grab of the Africa Hunting Show webpage © afrciahuntingevents.ca The Africa Hunting trade show is making its annual rounds» 

International, Politics

Trudeau heads to Liberia and Madagascar on first official visit to Africa

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking his gender equality and gay rights message on his first official visit to Africa. Trudeau will make a quick stopover in Monrovia, Liberia, tomorrow where he will meet with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf» 

Politics, Society

Canada’s African peacekeeping mission options

Stay away from Mali and be transparent about the risks. That’s the advice Stephen Saideman would give to Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan as he weighs his options for a yet-to-be-announced peacekeeping mission in Africa. “I’d warn him off Mali,”» 

International, Politics, Society

Conservatives challenge Trudeau on Africa peacekeeping mission

A plan by the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to deploy Canadian peacekeepers on a yet-to-be-disclosed peacekeeping mission somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa drew heavy fire from the opposition Conservatives as Parliament resumed Monday. The conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa» 

International, Society

People with albinism murdered, dismembered in Africa

Many people with albinism in sub-Saharan Africa are living in terror. Since November 2014, at least 18 of them have been killed and at least five are missing in Malawi alone. A Canadian group is planning a campaign to counter the» 

International, Society

Almost 1M African children need urgent malnutrition treatment: UNICEF

Almost one million children in Eastern and Southern Africa need urgent treatment for the most severe forms of malnutrition, UNICEF said Wednesday. “It’s a pretty calamitous combination of what’s really been erratic rainfall for a couple of years and drought, and» 

International, Society

Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin settles corruption case

SNC-Lavalin settled a corruption case brought against it by the African Development Bank Group by agreeing to $1.5 million and accept certain undisclosed conditions. Illicit payments not denied The regional development bank said former employees of the large, Canadian engineering» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Predators, prey, and the mathematics of nature

Science has long presumed, and taught, that when the numbers of prey increase, the number of predators increase in a linear relationship. New research says that’s not actually the case at all, that a doubling of prey does not result»